Visit a Dog Friendly Pumpkin Patch
Nothing welcomes the fall season quite like taking a casual trip to the pumpkin patch. Make your trip extra special by including your four-legged furball. They can even sniff out their favorite pumpkin to place on the porch with the rest of the family. They will appreciate the array of scents and friendly pets. Most pumpkin patches allow visitors to bring their dogs if they are well behaved and on a leash. Call ahead before you make the trip.
Play Football Fetch
Fall is the perfect time to play fetch outdoors. The mild temperatures and breezy season will allow for a longer stretch of play time without overheating. Make sure your dog is fully hydrated and offered plenty of water after outdoor playtime even if it’s cool outside.
Take a Hike
Here in the mid-west we often tend to overlook utilizing our outdoor trails. We are lucky to have an abundance of trail systems and hiking trails. No matter where you live, there is likely a trail or two not too far from the city. Spending time away from the screens, devices and wifi is not only good for you but also your pup. Nature brings out a dog’s natural instincts to explore new surroundings and lets their curiosity run wild. Literally and figuratively!
Paws Only Photoshoot
It’s standard to see social media full of family photo sessions this time of year, but why not include your furry family members? You could also opt to a pet only photo session if the thought of a full-on family photo session sends you into a panic. A professional photographer is always nice if your budget allows, but with modern phone technology you can get super great quality photos with just your personal phone. Take your dog out to a scenic area and take a bunch of shots to come up with some neat photos you’ll treasure forever. PRO TIP: Choose a shaded area where it’s not too bright, preferably in the afternoon for great lighting and less chance for harsh shadows.
What’s a Sniff Adventure? Just what it sounds like… take your pooch for a stroll to a safe place to meander and let their nose lead the way. When humans go for a walk they follow the straight and narrow path, tugging at the leash if their dog wanders their sniffer too far off the path. The sniff adventure lets your dog relish all the scents at their own pace and see where it leads them. Wear durable shoes for this one!
Plan a date with your family and friends and mark your calendar to meet at your local park or dog park for a tail-wagging great time with dog friends. Not only will your dog exhaust a bunch of playful energy but they will get in some great socializing time. Keeping your dog socialized prevents and helps combat anxiety in new situations and around new people and animals, so it’s a win-win!
Windows Down Car Ride
The iconic “I see a doggy in the window” saying works perfect here. Most dogs LOVE hanging their heads out of the window of a moving car. The blasting fresh air paired with going somewhere new in a flash, dogs just enjoy it. Of course, make sure your dog is secure inside the vehicle with a harness or human holder.
Pet Store Shopping
Our favorite activity suggestion is to bring your doggo to UPCO, or any local pet store to socialize and see the new seasonal toys and treats offered. In case you didn’t know…. we kind of have a thing for dogs here. Ask for a free treat at the counter and enjoy browsing the store spoiling your fur-friend with your favorite finds. Your pup could end up famous with an in-store photo posted to our Instagram page. We have the best and cutest customers ever!
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About UPCO Pet Supplies
Founded in 1952, UPCO® was one of the first retail animal supply companies in St. Joseph, MO. A third generation, family owned and operated company boasting a knowledgeable staff and offering products from over 700 brands. UPCO® provides pet and farm supplies to the local community and throughout the U.S. Customer service focused with low wholesale prices, they are the animal supplier of choice. Voted Reader’s Choice Winner for the past 12 years.
Located at 3705 Pear Street, Saint Joseph, MO 64503